Use the Global Shipping Programme

There are potentially millions of buyers around the world looking for something exactly like what you have to sell. We make it easy to reach a global audience and post your sold items overseas. 

In fact, with the Global Shipping Programme (GSP) international postage is just as simple as selling to someone in the UK.

All you need to do is post the item to the UK Shipping Centre and we’ll take care of customs clearance, tracking and all the rest. You don’t have to pay anything extra - just the cost of posting the item to the UK Shipping Centre.

See the Global Shipping Programmer seller terms and conditions.

How it works

How you'll post it

You must be located in the UK and listing to use the Global Shipping Programme.

When you’re selling an item using the quick listing tool, select Send your package to the UK Shipping Centre and the rest will be taken care of for you in the How you’ll post it section.

If the item is bought by someone in another country, we’ll send you the address of a UK shipping centre. We’ll also give you a unique code so that, when it gets to us, we know it’s yours and where it needs to go. Make sure you either print the label we provide or include that code if you use your own label.

All you need to do is post your sold item to the UK shipping centre using your usual postal service. We’ll take it from there and make sure the item gets to its new home using a trusted, tracked international postage service.

The item must weigh no more than 30kg and be no larger than 125,000 cm³, and no longer than 120cm on the longest side. It should be worth no more than £1,500, except if you’re posting Russia, in which case it should be worth no more than £800.

Currently you can use the GSP to post to the following countries:

EU countries Non-EU countries
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, , Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Reunion, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turks & Caicos Island, UAE, Ukraine, USA.


Global Shipping Programme countries

Items generally arrive within 3-5 days in the EU and 7-10 days for non-EU destinations. Parcels can take a little longer; however, packages sent via the GSP benefit from professional customs processing, which helps to minimise any delays at customs.

Restricted categories

Items listed in the following categories are currently not supported by the Global Shipping Programme due to export limitations and restrictions identified by the global postage provider. If the category you're listing in doesn't support the Global Shipping Programme, you'll see an alert when you create your listing.

  • Business & Industrial > Websites & Businesses for Sale
  • Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles
  • Coins & Paper Money > Virtual Currency
  • Events Tickets
  • Health & Beauty > Fragrances
  • Holidays & Travel
  • Pottery, Porcelain & Glass
  • Property
  • Video Games & Consoles > Gaming & Time Cards

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Typically, if the category you're listing in doesn't support the Global Shipping Programme, the message 'This option is not available for the category you selected' appears in the International postage section of the quick listing tool.

Prohibited items

Any item that is prohibited on eBay can't be sent using the Global Shipping Programme. Other items are also prohibited from the Global Shipping Programme.

  • Obscene material
  • Child pornography
  • Hate propaganda
  • Narcotics (including controlled substances)
  • Currency (including bank notes, stocks, bonds, coupons, credit cards, unused travellers checks, securities, certificates, and other negotiable items)
  • Weapons (including firearms, knives, etc.)
  • Tobacco
  • Medical materials
  • Biological specimens
  • Perishable items
  • Liquids, liquefiable substances, and powders
  • Animals
  • Human body parts
  • Plants
  • Batteries (with exception of those that come included with consumer electronics such as AA, C, Li-ion batteries)
  • Radiological devices
  • Dangerous goods
  • Alcohol, including samples
  • COD shipments
  • Furs, fur clothing, fur-trimmed clothing
  • Jewellery, gold or any other precious metals (whether manufactured or non-manufactured) that are subject to carrier and/or customs restrictions
  • Live, replica, or inert munitions
  • Fine arts
  • Cosmetics (including perfume)
  • Parcels that exceed maximum package size and/or weight limits imposed by global service provider
  • Any type of air, gas or liquid in a compressed container
  • Lasers
  • Radar busters
  • Bows, crossbows, arrows
  • Seeds
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Nutritional supplements, neutraceutical
  • Plant fertilisers, nutrients
  • Printer toners 

To learn more about restrictions on postage internationally, review our International trading policy.

What your buyers see

We’ll calculate the right postage cost for international buyers, depending on where they live, and this is what they’ll see on your listing. We’ll calculate the estimated delivery time, including the time it takes for you to send the item to the UK Shipping Centre.

The buyer pays this postage fee to cover the cost of international tracked postage from the UK shipping centre. All you have to do is post the item to the UK shipping centre and pay the cost of that postage - just like you would if you were posting to a UK buyer.

Other international postage options and opting out

If you don’t want to offer international posting on your listings, select No international postage in the How you’ll post it section of the listing form.

If you’d prefer to handle international postage yourself, select Create your own international postage option.

We’re here to help

If you’ve used the Global Shipping Programme and your buyer gets in touch with any issue, contact our customer service team for guidance on what to do next.